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St. Augustine's Guide to Living Well
On this episode, Michael Foley joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss his four volume collection translating, annotating, and commenting on St. Augustine's dialogues, "Against the Academics," "On the Happy Life," " On Order," and "Soliloquies."
The Rise of Byzantium
On this episode, Paul Stevenson joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss his new book, "New Rome: The Empire in the East."
Michael Doran on the Theology of Foreign Policy
Editor R. R. Reno is joined by Michael Doran to talk about his article from the May 2018 print edition, “The Theology of Foreign Policy.” They discuss the connection between liberal internationalism and theological modernism, the significance of John Foster Dulles, and the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Hope Beyond Despair
On this episode, Michelle D. Hord joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss her recent book, "The Other Side of Yet: Finding Light in the Midst of Darkness."
The Sound of the Psalms
On this episode, James M. Hamilton Jr. joins Mark Bauerlein to discuss his new book, "Psalms Volume I: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary."
Justin Lee on Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism
Editor R. R. Reno is joined by Justin Lee to talk about his article from the May print edition, “Holy Fear.” Lee reflects on growing up in the evangelical world, the challenges facing evangelicalism today, and the need to recover the animating spirit of the fire-and-brimstone fundamentalist.
Great content, but please fix the audio quality
I thoroughly enjoy this podcast, but please fix the audio quality. Otherwise, keep up the good work!
First Things podcast
In general I very much enjoy the offerings. However, I beg you to fix the frequently awful audio. Rusty Reno’s podcast is typically very bad quality audio. I usually turn it off. Mark Bauerlein’s sound is generally better except when he uses the studio “hands free” microphone. Why can’t you all use headsets with a microphone? It would sound so much better and your important message would not be so hard to hear. Please!
Calm, Thorough, and a Wide Range of Topics
One can’t ignore the wisdom. Some critics say this information is distasteful yet I imagine that’s likely due to their preconceived notions on a particular topic. Yes there can be different views on a subject. However, historical facts can’t be ignored and Mark is a fantastic host bringing these to light with varying guests.